Annual assessment of the manufactured housing landscape from a consumer's standpoint includes insights on current market conditions and trends, average retail prices for new manufactured homes by region, recommendations on specific buying scenarios, and a discussion of continuing consumer financing challenges and other issues which affect retail sales centers that also impact consumers.
Quick Facts / Understanding Today's Manufactured Housing
Publications cover topics such as types of structures, cost and size comparisons for manufactured vs. site-built homes, factory-built unit shipments by number of sections, and total estimated annual retail sales, with comparative data provided for single-section, multi-section, and site-built homes including average sales price, average number of square feet, and average cost per square foot.
Annual Production and Shipment Data
Reports available in this section provide information on factory-built unit shipments by state, region, and number of sections (e.g., single-section, multi-section), estimated annual retail sales, average retail sales prices for all units and single-section and multi-section units, and manufactured home shipments as a percentage of new single-family housing starts and new single-family homes sold.
Monthly and annual statistical reports provide current and historical trend data for new factory-built home placements such as number of units sold, average and median square footage, number of bedrooms per unit, average sales price, and site location (e.g., owner property, mobile home park), with data reported by state and geographic region and size of unit (e.g., single-wide, double-wide).
Manufactured-Housing Consumer Finance in the U.S.
CFPB publication provides background information on the prefabricated housing market, with topics covered in the report including geographic distribution of prefabricated units, resident demographics, housing costs, legal treatment of units, finance market dynamics, size and composition of financing market, home purchase loan pricing, and secondary market demand for manufactured home loans.
Section 3.6 of the above publication provides an overview of the mobile home dealer's role in selling and financing prefabricated homes, with topics covered in this section including number of product lines offered, inventory floor plan financing arrangements, consumer shopping experience, retailer and home lender relationships, and growing prevalence of retailer-lender contractual agreements.
Comprehensive market research study provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. market for factory-built housing products, with data provided including historical demand and forecasts by product type (e.g., single-section, double-section, three or more sections, modular, precut, and panelized) and regional geographic market (e.g., U.S. Census region, U.S. Census subregion, and state, where applicable).
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of sales for dealers that sell and install new or used single-section and multi-section manufactured homes and related parts, equipment, and accessories such as appliances, cabinetry, countertops, central air, skylights, hardwood floors, and fireplaces. Sample report is available online.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions, such as general manager, operations manager, office manager, administrative assistant, and title clerk, for companies that sell new and/or used manufactured homes, parts, equipment, and accessories, with employers for which median salary, bonus, and wage data is provided including Clayton Homes, Inc.
Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel whose job duties include moving and setting up mobile homes and prefabricated buildings, connecting electrical, water, and sewer lines to these buildings, and inspecting and testing building systems and equipment to determine if all of these items are operating properly and if any repairs or replacements are needed.